Avenging Death

Hamlet, Beowulf and Gilgamesh

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Hamlet is a Hero who avenges his father's death.

"O villain, villain, smiling, damned villain! My tables, -meet it is I set it down, That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain; At least I'm sure it may be so in Denmark. So, unlce, there you are. Now to my word; It is 'Adieu, adieu! remember me.' I have sworn't"


Hamlet knows the truth of his fathers death. He now knows he cannot trust anyone. We learn the lesson to be careful who you trust from this story. Through trying to cope with his father's death, Hamlet knows he must avenge his death. He must avenge his death not only because the ghost of his father asked him to, but because it's a way for him to deal with the emotional pain.

Beowulf & Grendel Movie Trailer

Beowulf is brave, strong, and fearless.

"Beowulf, son of Ecgtheow, spoke: 'Wise sir, do not grieve. It is always better to avenge dear ones than to indulge in mourning. For every one of us, living in this world means waiting for our end. Let whoever can win glory before death.'"


Beowulf is brave and strong. This is before he goes to defeat the Grendel's mother, he is avenging the death of the man she killed. Instead of mourning and wallowing, he is an emotionally strong person who does something about the pain of these people.

Gilgamesh searches for the answer to immortality.

"After his death I could find no life, Back and forth I prowled like a bandit in the steppe. Now that I have seen your facem tavern keeper, May I not see that death I constantly fear!"


Gilgamesh is on a quest to find the cure for mortality. He is a brave and fearless man when it come to fighting beasts, but the fear of death is overwhelming to him. Like Beowulf and Hamlet, Gilgamesh is coping, and learns that death is not the end. He learns he needs to embrace the life he has now, and be happy. This is how he understands the emotional pain he feels.

This is Hamlet avenging the death of his father.

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Here is Beowulf avenging death for the Geats.

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